HC Deb 30 July 1980 vol 989 c729W
24. Mr. Neil Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied that current provisions dealing with residential overcrowding adequately reflect modern living expectations.

Mr. Stanley

The relevant provisions of the 1957 Act are designed not to reflect general living expectations but to establish a threshold above which local authorities are statutorily obliged to take enforcement action to reduce overcrowding. During the Committee stage of the Housing Bill my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Wales, the Member for Conway (Mr. Roberts), said that we would consider any representations on this point. None have been received since then from the local authority associations.